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Palin’s Crosshairs Revisited

Filed under: Presidential Politics

A few weeks ago, Santorum SuperPAC sugardaddy Foster Friess said he hopes President Obama’s “TelePrompTer is bulletproof”. He says he meant it figuratively, as part of a context whereby Santorum and Romney had now “trained their barrels” on the President, rather than each other.

This week, a Michigan gun fetishist whose most prominent kill was his own music career, Ted Nugent, said, “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Nugent has endorsed Mitt Romney, who actively sought it. 

(It’s a common tactic among the right commentariat that whenever a leftist says something idiotic, that every Democrat is assumed to support it unless they expressly condemn it, and are routinely called upon to denounce something someone said. This tactic, fortunately, works in two directions.) 

When Hilary Rosen said something rude about Ann Romney, the White House immediately and unequivocally repudiated her words and sentiments. 

When Ted Nugent and Foster Friess suggest that President Obama be killed, you get absolute silence from almost the entire Republican establishment – most notably Romney, who merely said we should all be “civil”, which misses the point that no one should be suggesting or hoping for anyone’s assassination in domestic politics – it’s beyond the pale. 

Nugent’s never seen a gun he didn’t want to have sex with, and he’s never seen a thing he didn’t want to shoot – except the Viet Cong – so, the Secret Service is taking his threat rather seriously. The Republican mainstream’s lurch to the right has it coddling insane lunatics far more dangerous than any ACORN activist or other Fox News bogeyman. 

Maybe someday the Republicans will walk back their tacit (sometimes vocal) support of nihilist terroristic statements from lunatics living on the right’s fringes, but apparently that day isn’t today. 


  • Max Planck

    The GOP and Willard will ultimately succumb to their own internal contradictions; it will get awfully smelly inside their “big tent.”  You can’t court the woman’s, family, or faith based constituencies by begging for endorsements from has-been nihilists like Nugent.

  • hwhamlin

    You have, of course, forgotten about this from Michelle Williams, chief of staff of Eric Holder’s Homies in the New Black Panther Party:

      “Let me tell you, the things that’s about to happen, to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these [inaudible] people. It has been long overdue. My prize right now this evening … is gonna be the bounty, the arrest, dead or alive, for George Zimmerman. You feel me?”

    •  Yes, everyone should remember what someone who no one ever heard of before — purportedly the “chief of staff” of an alleged organization that carries no influence outside the fevered paranoia of victimized racists — said. Because that not only offsets the faux tough-guy talk from Friess and Nugent, it allows you to chime in with some bullshit racism of your own. Well played.

      •  David Staba, for the record. Don’t know why it only stamped the first name, because this new technology frightens and confuses me …

    • EricSaldanha

      Nice quote, Ward….did you get it from the latest Siena poll?

  • Dietrich Von Bacon

    False equivalency (n.)- Excusing specific and extreme statements of a sought-out campaign ally by comparing them to general statements by a largely made-up boogeyman organization which the opposing campaign rejects and/or fails to acknowledge, if indeed they actually exist.  See also “Calypso Louie death threat.”